University of Hertfordshire Karate

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University of Hertfordshire Karate

University of Hertfordshire Karate


Welcome to the website of the University of Hertfordshire Karate-do Shotokai (KDS) group.

Karate-Do Shotokai, or KDS as we more often refer to it, is a traditional karate style which focuses purely on the practice of karate as a martial art. Whilst we work to develop a range of effective techniques, we don’t just practise by rote. Instead, we train to build an awareness, both physical and mental, that lets us manage a situation decisively – without the distraction of competitions or commercialism.

Our sessions are open to men and women of all ages and abilities. We run a friendly, social club based within the University of Hertfordshire where questions are encouraged and everyone is allowed to get the very best out of themselves – all in the spirit of developing quality karate practitioners.

If you want to find out more get in touch with the club via the contact link above.

We also run a sister club which is open to non-students training at the Charles Morris Hall in Tyttenhanger Green on Wednesday nights at 8pm


About the Club

The Hertfordshire club has a long association with the University of Hertfordshire (This is In the days of Hatfield Poly! and the much loved Hutton Hall) and was started in 1991 by Gavin Rothwell (having trained in Southampton under the likes of Steve Hope and Tony Lima). He is now a 4th Dan having returned to Southampton). In 1993 Alistair Woodward took up the reins, instructing at the club until 2008 (sometimes in a secondary capacity – darn work commitments). In 1999 Julian Cox (2nd Dan, now resident in Philidelpia) took on the instruction for two years, with James Barry 1st Dan covering the period from 2004-5. The club is now run by the enthusiastic Phil Halsall with assistance from Steve Hearson, Alistair Woodward and James Barry.